Acts Chapter 21

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Acts 21

1 And it came to pass, that after we were gotten from them, and had launched, we came with a straight course unto Coos, and the day following unto Rhodes, and from thence unto Patara:

2 And finding a ship sailing over unto Phenicia, we went aboard, and set forth.

3 Now when we had discovered Cyprus, we left it on the left hand, and sailed into Syria, and landed at Tyre: for there the ship was to unlade her burden.

4 And finding disciples, we tarried there seven days: who said to Paul through the Spirit, that he should not go up to Jerusalem.

5 And when we had accomplished those days, we departed and went our way; and they all brought us on our way, with wives and children, till we were out of the city: and we kneeled down on the shore, and prayed.

6 And when we had taken our leave one of another, we took ship; and they returned home again.

7 And when we had finished our course from Tyre, we came to Ptolemais, and saluted the brethren, and abode with them one day.

8 And the next day we that were of Paul’s company departed, and came unto Caesarea: and we entered into the house of Philip the evangelist, which was one of the seven; and abode with him.

9 And the same man had four daughters, virgins, which did prophesy.

10 And as we tarried there many days, there came down from Judaea a certain prophet, named Agabus.

11 And when he was come unto us, he took Paul’s girdle, and bound his own hands and feet, and said, Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.

12 And when we heard these things, both we, and they of that place, besought him not to go up to Jerusalem.

13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.

14 And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done.

15 And after those days we took up our carriages, and went up to Jerusalem.

16 There went with us also certain of the disciples of Caesarea, and brought with them one Mnason of Cyprus, an old disciple, with whom we should lodge.

17 And when we were come to Jerusalem, the brethren received us gladly.

18 And the day following Paul went in with us unto James; and all the elders were present.

19 And when he had saluted them, he declared particularly what things God had wrought among the Gentiles by his ministry.

20 And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord, and said unto him, Thou seest, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are which believe; and they are all zealous of the law:

21 And they are informed of thee, that thou teachest all the Jews which are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their children, neither to walk after the customs.

22 What is it therefore? the multitude must needs come together: for they will hear that thou art come.

23 Do therefore this that we say to thee: We have four men which have a vow on them;

24 Them take, and purify thyself with them, and be at charges with them, that they may shave their heads: and all may know that those things, whereof they were informed concerning thee, are nothing; but that thou thyself also walkest orderly, and keepest the law.

25 As touching the Gentiles which believe, we have written and concluded that they observe no such thing, save only that they keep themselves from things offered to idols, and from blood, and from strangled, and from fornication.

26 Then Paul took the men, and the next day purifying himself with them entered into the temple, to signify the accomplishment of the days of purification, until that an offering should be offered for every one of them.

27 And when the seven days were almost ended, the Jews which were of Asia, when they saw him in the temple, stirred up all the people, and laid hands on him,

28 Crying out, Men of Israel, help: This is the man, that teacheth all men every where against the people, and the law, and this place: and further brought Greeks also into the temple, and hath polluted this holy place.

29 (For they had seen before with him in the city Trophimus an Ephesian, whom they supposed that Paul had brought into the temple.)

30 And all the city was moved, and the people ran together: and they took Paul, and drew him out of the temple: and forthwith the doors were shut.

31 And as they went about to kill him, tidings came unto the chief captain of the band, that all Jerusalem was in an uproar.

32 Who immediately took soldiers and centurions, and ran down unto them: and when they saw the chief captain and the soldiers, they left beating of Paul.

33 Then the chief captain came near, and took him, and commanded him to be bound with two chains; and demanded who he was, and what he had done.

34 And some cried one thing, some another, among the multitude: and when he could not know the certainty for the tumult, he commanded him to be carried into the castle.

35 And when he came upon the stairs, so it was, that he was borne of the soldiers for the violence of the people.

36 For the multitude of the people followed after, crying, Away with him.

37 And as Paul was to be led into the castle, he said unto the chief captain, May I speak unto thee? Who said, Canst thou speak Greek?

38 Art not thou that Egyptian, which before these days madest an uproar, and leddest out into the wilderness four thousand men that were murderers?

39 But Paul said, I am a man which am a Jew of Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, a citizen of no mean city: and, I beseech thee, suffer me to speak unto the people.

40 And when he had given him licence, Paul stood on the stairs, and beckoned with the hand unto the people. And when there was made a great silence, he spake unto them in the Hebrew tongue, saying,

28 thoughts on “Acts Chapter 21

  1. 13. Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.

    What an example of commitment; Jesus died for us, and Paul is willing to die for the Name of Jesus…are we willing to at least live for Him?

  2. The Day is coming

    13. Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.

    The day is coming when we will be breaking the Law with believing in Jesus and we have to be willing and able to give it all including our lives for CHRIST Jesus. For to lose our lives is to Gain Heaven when we do it for His Name Sake!!! Thank you Jesus!!!

  3. Verses 13-14 MSG “But Paul wouldn’t budge: “Why all this hysteria? Why do you insist on making a scene and making it even harder for me? You’re looking at this backward. The issue in Jerusalem is not what they do to me, whether arrest or murder, but what the Master Jesus does through my obedience. Can’t you see that?” We saw that we weren’t making even a dent in his resolve, and gave up. “It’s in God’s hands now,” we said. “Master, you handle it.”

    Same verses CEV “But Paul answered, “Why are you crying and breaking my heart? I am not only willing to be put in jail for the Lord Jesus. I am even willing to die for him in Jerusalem!” Since we could not get Paul to change his mind, we gave up and prayed, “Lord, please make us willing to do what you want.”

    Lord help us to see what you see and how you see it. Imagine what the Master Jesus will do through the 100% obedience of POFW. We have to put our worries behind us and let God the Master, handle it!

  4. Acts 21:13 (KJV Strong’s)
    13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.

    Acts 21:13 (Wuest – The New Testament: An Expanded Translation)
    13 Then Paul answered, What are you doing, weeping audibly and breaking my heart? For, as for myself, I am holding myself in readiness on behalf of the Name of the Lord Jesus, not only to be bound but also to die in Jerusalem.

    The warning from the prophet came. Instead of running away in terror Paul embraced his destiny. He knew what was prophesied but it gave him boldness and not a desire to escape.

    We find ourselves asking God for deliverance but many times not knowing why we are going through the trial.

    Last night Pastor taught us the trial of our faith brings about good things.

    1 Peter 1:6-8 (KJV Strong’s)
    6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

  5. iLove to eat More Word

    As I was reading the blog this morning, I came across this scripture, 40 “And when he had given him licence, Paul stood on the stairs, and beckoned with the hand unto the people. And when there was made a great silence, he spake unto them in the Hebrew tongue, saying,”

    So, as I read I started laughing thinking, “Come on… you just left me hanging over a cliff…what did Paul say?”

    So I did a little research into this cliff hanging experience.

    When the books of the Bible were originally written there were no such things as chapters or verses. Each book was written without any breaks from the beginning to the end.

    They Have Been Divided For Convenience

    The chapter and verse divisions were added to the Bible for the sake of convenience. There is no authoritative basis for the divisions we now find.

    The Chapters Added In The Thirteenth Century

    A man named Stephen Langton divided the Bible into chapters in the year A.D. 1227. Langton was a professor at the University of Paris and later he became the Archbishop of Canterbury.

    The Verses Were Added In The Sixteenth Century

    Robert Stephanus (Stephens), a French printer, divided the verses for his Greek New Testament. It was published in 1551.

    The First Bible With Chapter And Verse Divisions

    The first entire Bible in which these chapter and verse divisions were used was Stephen’s edition of the Latin Vulgate (1555). The first English New Testament to have both chapter and verse divisions was the Geneva Bible (1560). Fortunately Jewish scholars have followed the way of dividing the Hebrew Scripture into chapters and verses.

    ***So, now I ask Mr. Stephen Langton the question of the day… “What were you thinking when you divided a thought into another chapter?” Come on brother, are you really going to make me wait till tomorrow’s blog to hear finish his statement?

  6. 17 And when we were come to Jerusalem, the brethren received us gladly.

    18 And the day following Paul went in with us unto James; and all the elders were present.

    19 And when he had saluted them, he declared particularly what things God had wrought among the Gentiles by his ministry.

    20 And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord, and said unto him, Thou seest, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are which believe; and they are all zealous of the law:

    21 And they are informed of thee, that thou teachest all the Jews which are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their children, neither to walk after the customs.
    Paul a great teacher and apostle of that day , being much loved and willing to do the will of God.
    He taught what God has gave him through revelation. He was accused of teaching to forsake Moses law, but he was teaching Moses law was fulfilled in Jesus Christ and now the Gentiles could also receive the word. Thank God the Gentiles can now hear the truth.

  7. THE WILL OF THE LORD

    12 And when we heard these things, both we, and they of that place, besought him not to go up to Jerusalem.
    13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.
    14 And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done.

    Most christian believers will confess their personal desire to do THE WILL OF THE LORD, it seems to come naturally to the one to whom GOD has forgicen much. It natural to make confession of desire to surrender our personal will to accomplish the will of the one who died for our sins. In most cases this is where THE WILL OF THE LORD dies. In the desire stage.

    We learned from JESUS the will of the LORD for him was to be betrayed at Jerusalem and now the Apostle Paul. Being warned of the perils he would face, Paul chose rather to follow and fulfill THE WILL OF THE LORD.

    Making the daily decision to submit to THE WILL OF THE LORD makes the big decisions manageable. May GOD grant us the drive and desire to fulfill THE WILL OF THE LORD.

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  8. 4 And finding disciples, we tarried there seven days: who said to Paul through the Spirit, that he should not go up to Jerusalem.

    The spirit of God will lead us exactly where we need to ho and instruct us when to avoid certian things. He is all knowing and we would be wise to trust him. The author of our story knows every twist, turn and pit that could hinder the will of God …sometimes its just a nudge but we should be able to feel that nudge and act on it. We need to trust the authour of our story.

  9. 14 And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done.

    People will always have their own opinions and judgements but like Paul we must not let ourselves become distracted or discouraged by such accusations. We know that we are victorious over our past, that the blood of Jesus has made us whole and new, and if others don’t trust that then we can’t gripe and try and force them to see the new us, but rather pray and release it into the Lords hands saying, “the will of the Lord be done.”

  10. To be continued,

    And when he had given him licence, Paul stood on the stairs, and beckoned with the hand unto the people. And when there was made a great silence, he spake unto them in the Hebrew tongue, saying, (‭Acts‬ ‭21‬:‭40‬ KJV)

    Paul a man that was willing to lose his life for the cause of Jesus Christ! A man dedicated to Jesus, To His Word! Wow, what a sincere love and sacrifice …… Even at his last breath he will still continue to preach the gospel.
    Search my heart Lord.

  11. Everywhere Paul went he was telling of the many wonders and miracles that God had been doing as well as the plan of salvation. What are we talking about? We should be modeling our lives after the examples given to us in the word of God.

  12. 13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.

    Thank you Lord for Paul’s willingness to serve you with everything he had. Because of Him, the Gentiles, us, heard Your Truth! Thank you Lord for the perseverance and endurance of Paul; that should be an example to us today of how to live for Christ!

  13. 4 And finding disciples, we tarried there seven days: who said to Paul through the Spirit, that he should not go up to Jerusalem.
    12 And when we heard these things, both we, and they of that place, besought him not to go up to Jerusalem.
    13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.

    Should Paul have heeded the warning to not go to Jerusalem? It is hard to say. Paul may have believed he was called it could be it may not have been his time to go. His brethren warned him not to go. Sometimes, we find ourselves in trouble for not listening to warnings.

  14. 11 And when he was come unto us, he took Paul’s girdle, and bound his own hands and feet, and said, Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.

    12 And when we heard these things, both we, and they of that place, besought him not to go up to Jerusalem.

    13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.

    14 And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done.

    The Lord’s will be done
    Paul was willing to give it all for the Lord. Everyday we have the ability to follow him at all costs or to stop short and take the easy road. If we are truly walking by faith then we will follow at all costs.

  15. 17, “And when we were come to Jerusalem, the brethren received us gladly.”
    18, “And the day following Paul went in with us unto James; and all the elders were present.”
    19, “And when he had saluted them, he declared particularly what things God had wrought among the Gentiles by his ministry.”
    20, “And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord, …”

    This is one thing I like about our church. When another Minister comes, we receive them gladly, and when they tell us what great things God is doing through their ministry, we rejoice with them too.

  16. “And finding disciples, we tarried there seven days: who said to Paul through the Spirit, that he should not go up to Jerusalem.” Paul was warned more than once, it was not that he did not hear or believe, it was that he purposed. When the Spirit (God) or the man of God (Jesus) speaks one, one would be wise to listen, or be prepared as Paul. What a mighty God we serve! Thank God for his word. God bless America, Jerusalem, and you all in Jesus name, Amen!

  17. Running or speaking…

    This chapter sounds like paul was trying to explain to the people of how he used to be and how he follows Jesus now.

    Some Belivers run and hide wth thier walk with the Lord and some are bold. But I try not to persrcute them for what they stand for Jesus has to help me with my walk and let everyone else be silent sometimes. I love the Lord, and I want to have a chance like paul did to make astand for whats going on now which is before a sinner but now a true believer. What a change God did for Paul. Change me Lord.
    In the precious blood of the lamb…Jesus.

  18. 19 And when he had saluted them, he declared particularly what things God had wrought among the Gentiles by his ministry.

    20 And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord, and said unto him, Thou seest, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are which believe; and they are all zealous of the law:

    Grateful for the many evangelists that come to this church because God uses them to give us more faith. By the many testimonies that they have seen and witnessed it gives me joy to hear all those wonderful miracles!!! God is a great God that is everywhere and to be able to hear all the different testimonies is amazing! Never been at a church where so many different evangelist, pastors, and different preachers come to a church. That’s why I’m so grateful for that because God uses each and every one of them tremendously…thank you Jesus for taking me out of where I was!!!!

  19. 13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.

    14 And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done.

    Luke 14:27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

    28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first counteth the cost whether he have sufficient to finish it?

    29 Lest haply after he hath laid the foundation and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him..

    30 Saying, This man began to build and was not able to finish.

    31 Or what King going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?

    32 Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage and desireth conditions of peace.

    33 So likewise whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.

  20. And as Paul was to be led into the castle, he said unto the chief captain, May I speak unto thee? Who said, Canst thou speak Greek?
    38 Art not thou that Egyptian, which before these days madest an uproar, and leddest out into the wilderness four thousand men that were murderers?
    39 But Paul said, I am a man which am a Jew of Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, a citizen of no mean city: and, I beseech thee, suffer me to speak unto the people.

    What would you do?

    Don’t think of what you will say. But allow the Holy Ghost to speak through you. This is what Paul did. To want to speak to those that wanted to kill you. Wow. He knew and understood the importance of the word of God. Do we? Can we say that we understand the urgency of this day and hour? We have the greatest knowlegde of what is happening in our world yet we decide to keep it for ourselves. Starting now. My goal right now till Jesus comes is to gain a boldness to tell others of what Jesus has done in my life.

  21. a [Egyptian] Josephus says he was a man who claimed to be a prophet, and who told his followers that the walls of Jerusalem would fall before them if they would help him attack the city. About 30,000 men followed him but the Roman governor came suddenly upon him with a large army of Roman soldiers, both infantry and cavalry, and the crowd fled. About 400 were killed and 200 were taken prisoners, but the Egyptian with a few faithful followers escaped (Josephus, Antiquities, Book 20,8:6). As Lysias found this tumult against Paul, he supposed him to be the same Egyptian who had returned to stir up the people again. The difference between the 30,000 and the 4,000 in Acts may be explained that some scribe copying Josephus mistook the Greek letter delta (d), four, for lambda(l), thirty, writing 30,000 for 4,000. Or, it could be that he had 30,000 followers at one time and only 4,000 who attacked the city in the final end.

  22. But he said, “Why all this weeping? You are breaking my heart! I am ready not only to be jailed at Jerusalem but even to die for the sake of the Lord Jesus.” (‭Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭21‬:‭13‬ NLT)

    What an attitude of leadership, this man knew what he stood for and was ready to take on the responsibilities of his decisions. He was not wanting to be worshiped but simply to be a reminder of what is really important. We need to be that reminder to our friends and loved ones every day that it’s not us that matters but Him, Jesus. We need to worship, praise and magnify His name while we still have the opportunity to do so

    Our God is an awesome God!

  23. Paul speaking
    13 But he said, “Why all this weeping? You are breaking my heart! I am ready not only to be jailed at Jerusalem but even to die for the sake of the Lord Jesus.”
    14 When it was clear that we couldn’t persuade him, we gave up and said, “The Lord’s will be done.”

    33 Then the commander arrested him and ordered him bound with two chains. He asked the crowd who he was and what he had done.
    34 Some shouted one thing and some another. Since he couldn’t find out the truth in all the uproar and confusion, he ordered that Paul be taken to the fortress.
    35 As Paul reached the stairs, the mob grew so violent the soldiers had to lift him to their shoulders to protect him.
    36 And the crowd followed behind, shouting, “Kill him, kill him!”
    Paul Speaks to the Crowd
    37 As Paul was about to be taken inside, he said to the commander, “May I have a word with you?”
    “Do you know Greek?” the commander asked, surprised.
    38 “Aren’t you the Egyptian who led a rebellion some time ago and took 4,000 members of the Assassins out into the desert?”
    39 “No,” Paul replied, “I am a Jew and a citizen of Tarsus in Cilicia, which is an important city. Please, let me talk to these people.”
    40 The commander agreed, so Paul stood on the stairs and motioned to the people to be quiet. Soon a deep silence enveloped the crowd, and he addressed them in their own language, Aramaic.[g]

    How courageous of Paul and his dedication to Jesus is remarkable and breathtaking. IF we could all be more courageous for God then what would happen, what would Jesus truly bless us with then.
    We hear weekly of Miracle reports, but what if we heard more and more miracles regularly because our Faith as Christians have increased!!!! What a wonderful thing that would be!!
    Oh Jesus help us be more like you!!! Thank you for your grace.
    I love you Jesus.

  24. 13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.

    Souled out!! Wow, one can almost feel the passion as we read the verses and response of the apostle Paul. Willing to live for the kingdom at any cost including giving up his life for Jesus. Now this is truly an example of a life totally transformed by God. Paul was a man with a mission and would run the race at any cost. This makes us check our own personal commitment with The Lord. This life is not our own so we might as well yield and submit allowing God to use us to do great things for His honor and glory.

  25. A Voice In The Wilderness

    40 And when he had given him licence, Paul stood on the stairs, and beckoned with the hand unto the people. And when there was made a great silence, he spake unto them in the Hebrew tongue, saying,

    The Truth always has opportunity to speak, whether through words or simply actions. On the other hand, however, just because it speaks doesn’t mean others will hear. But the One who stands as Intercessor for all mankind can both speak and nudge the very heart of men beyond what we could ever say. Our defense can only go so far, but the Lord can step in to speak on our behalf supernaturally. No matter our wilderness, the voice of the Lord can cry out for us.

    John 14:6
    Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

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